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Tom MacArthur

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Tom MacArthur
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJon Runyan (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHofstra University
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Tom MacArthur campaign logo
Tom MacArthur is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District. MacArthur was first elected in 2014 and is currently serving his first term.

MacArthur won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, and went on to defeat Aimee Belgard (D) and Frederick John LaVergne (Democratic-Republican) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Biography

MacArthur graduated from Hofstra University, and has worked in the insurance industry since graduation. He and his wife founded the St. Peter’s Sandy Relief Fund in order to bring aid to families who were suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of MacArthur's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District
  • 2013-2014: Mayor of Randolph, NJ
  • 2012-2013: Deputy Mayor of Randolph, NJ
  • 2011-2014: Randolph Township Republican Councilman
  • 1999-2010: Chairman and CEO of York Risk Services Group, Inc.
  • 1982: Graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A.

Prior to entering politics, MacArthur was an insurance executive.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

MacArthur serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

MacArthur listed the following issues, among others, on his campaign website:[5]

  • The Economy & Jobs: Tom is a self-made businessman who came from middle-class roots. His nearly thirty years in the private sector began with an entry-level job earning $13,000 per year, and culminated with growing a local NJ company into a national business. Throughout his career he helped to create and preserve thousands of American jobs. Tom will use that real world experience to get our economy growing again. He will promote free market policies that foster the creation of good-paying, American jobs, and empower entrepreneurs and business leaders by eliminating burdensome regulations and bureaucratic red tape that stifle job creation.
  • Tax Reform & Financial Security: As a Mayor and Councilman, Tom kept taxes among the lowest per person in the region and under Governor Christie’s 2% property tax cap, while still protecting vital services like police and public safety. In Congress, Tom will push for comprehensive tax reform that makes our federal tax code flatter and simpler, incentivizes savings and investment, sound financial planning and affordable elder care for seniors. As part of any reform efforts, Tom will advocate for ending the death tax, while keeping the mortgage interest and property tax deductions because of their importance to making homeownership affordable and the real estate market sound in New Jersey. Moreover, Tom wants tax reform that will lower rates to encourage economic growth that keeps jobs and capital here in America, instead of forcing it overseas. Unlike his opponent, Tom believes the best way to remedy income inequality is by expanding economic and educational opportunities for all, not punishing people for their success and engaging in class warfare that divides Americans.
  • Obamacare: Tom will work to repeal Obamacare, but won’t stop there. Tom believes government has a role in shaping our healthcare system. He supports free market solutions that reduce costs, allow people to keep their doctors, and moves us away from a one-size-fits-all, government-controlled approach. Tom will draw on his nearly 30 years of experience in the insurance industry to work with members of both parties and experts in the field to fix what’s broken with our health insurance system. That means implementing real tort reform, allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines to increase competition in the marketplace, encouraging small businesses to pool together to buy insurance plans for their employees at a lower rate and providing a safety net for those who can’t obtain coverage from any other source.
  • Federal Spending and Debt: As a Mayor and Councilman, Tom reduced the size of government, cut operating expenditures and balanced the township budget every year he was in office. Under Tom’s leadership, his town was 1 of only 19 in NJ, and 213 in the entire nation, to earn a AAA bond rating for exceptional fiscal management. In Congress, Tom will fight for a balanced budget amendment that will force government to live within its means, better focus our spending priorities and protect future generations from being buried in debt that they didn’t incur.
  • Immigration: Tom believes that any attempt to address immigration must begin with strong and secure borders and that any illegal immigrant who has committed a crime must be immediately returned to their country of origin. Tom opposes amnesty and in-state tuition for those here illegally. He believes that illegal immigrants in this country today should be required to pay back taxes, learn English and get in line behind those who have observed the law as part of any tough, but fair path to citizenship.
  • Bipartisanship & Problem-Solving: Tom believes you can stand strong on principle without viewing compromise as a dirty word. During his successful career in business, Tom demonstrated the ability to work with people from different backgrounds and beliefs, who often had diverse interests, to grow businesses, create and preserve jobs, and provide opportunity for his employees and their families. As a Member of Congress, Tom will work with both his Republican colleagues and Democrats across the aisle to get America moving in the right direction again. Simply put, Tom will focus on problem-solving, not finger-pointing.

[6]

—Tom MacArthur, Campaign website (archive)

Controversy

Lawsuit against Lonegan

The Republican primary between MacArthur and Steve Lonegan became one of the most brutal battles of the 2014 election season. In his campaign, Lonegan attacked MacArthur's insurance company, York Risk Services Group, for underpaying or denying payment to wildfire victims in California. The claimants had sued MacArthur's insurance company.[7] Chris Russell of the MacArthur campaign responded, “They’ve come up with three claims out of a million. There are lawsuits in the insurance industry. Those claims were dismissed, and they were all settled after Tom left the company."[8] In response to Lonegan's negative advertising, MacArthur sued the Lonegan campaign for defamation, to which Lonegan responded by stating in a press release, "It's this kind of bullying and strong-arming of people that's downright despicable and has no place in this race."[7] Lonegan also released another campaign ad, entitled "Wildfire," in which another alleged victim of the insurance company criticized MacArthur. MacArthur's lawsuit included Lonegan and six members of his staff, one of which was a single mother named Liz Curtis. In a press conference, Lonegan attacked MacArthur further, saying, "I ran against Cory Booker, and I respect him. He’s an Obama liberal and doesn’t hide from that. But I don’t trust Tom MacArthur. I don’t trust anyone who would sue a single mother. You don’t do that."[8]

Elections

2014

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See also: New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

The 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Tom MacArthur (R) defeated Aimee Belgard (D) and Frederick John LaVergne (Democratic-Republican) in the general election.[1] In the primary election on June 3, 2014, MacArthur defeated Steve Lonegan for the Republican nomination, while Belgard defeated Howard Kleinhendler and Bruce Todd for the Democratic nomination.

New Jersey's 3rd was considered a battleground district in 2014. Incumbent Jon Runyan (R) did not run for re-election, leaving an open seat. Moreover, although Runyan won re-election by an 8.9 percent margin of victory in 2012, the presidential election went Democratic, with President Barack Obama winning in the 3rd District by 4.6 percent.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom MacArthur 54% 100,471
     Democratic Aimee Belgard 44.4% 82,537
     Democratic-Republican Frederick John LaVergne 1.7% 3,095
Total Votes 186,103
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections
U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom MacArthur 59.9% 15,908
Steve Lonegan 40.1% 10,643
Total Votes 26,551
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results

Endorsements

MacArthur received the following endorsements.[9]

  • Ocean County Republican Party[10]
  • Burlington County Republican Screening Committee[11]
  • Cinnaminson Mayor Anthony Minniti, Deputy Mayor John McCarthy and committee members Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Donald Brauckman and William Young[12]
  • Rep. Jon Runyan (R)[13]
  • The U.S. Chamber of commerce[14]
  • Former Rep. Jim Saxton[15]
  • Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill, Jr.[16]
  • The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC[17]
  • The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 825[18]
  • The American-Canadian Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)[19]
    • MacArthur remarked that endorsements from unions such as the IUOE and LIUNA showed that he had "crossover appeal."[20]

Media

DCCC ad pulled

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released an ad, entitled "Fire," in which a fireman accused MacArthur of denying injury claims from firefighters when he owned York Risk Services insurance company.[21] MacArthur planned to sue for defamation, as he had sold the company a year prior to the claims mentioned in the ad, but the DCCC took the ad off the air on September 23, 2014. The DCCC stated that they removed the ad after receiving "new information that Tom MacArthur did not previously disclose."[22] MacArthur responded, "Today is a victory for the truth, and a devastating blow to the empty, dishonest campaign of my opponent, politician Aimee Belgard, and the party bosses and special interests bankrolling her campaign from Washington, DC."[23]

Lonegan vs. MacArthur
  • Steve Lonegan's campaign released a negative ad against MacArthur, accusing him of being a liberal who raised taxes as mayor.[24]
  • MacArthur responded with an ad defending himself against the accusations and, in turn, accusing Lonegan of raising taxes.[25]
  • In May 2014, Lonegan released another ad attacking MacArthur, stating that MacArthur's insurance company wrongfully denied payment to wildfire victims in Los Angeles.[26]

The Lonegan campaign accused MacArthur of being a "liberal"

MacArthur defended himself against Lonegan's negative campaign ad

Lonegan 2014 campaign ad attacking MacArthur

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are MacArthur's reports.[27]

Tom MacArthur (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 9, 2014$0$2,001,075.00$(251,804.72)$1,749,270.28
Pre-Primary[29]May 22, 2014$1,749,270.28$15,234.00$(963,818.71)$800,685.57
July Quarterly[30]September 26, 2014$800,685.57$1,102,621.00$(824,360.23)$1,078,946.34
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2014$1,078,946.34$1,355,578.61$(1,873,386.20)$561,138.75
Pre-General[32]October 20, 2014$561,138.75$1,062,133.00$(520,423.76)$1,102,847.99
Running totals
$5,536,641.61$(4,433,793.62)

**Included in the total contributions were two personal loans from Tom MacArthur: $1 million incurred on January 3, 2014, and $1 million incurred on March 31, 2014.


Personal

MacArthur has three children with his wife, Debbie. Their daughter, Grace, passed away at the age of eleven.[2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tom MacArthur for Congress, "About," accessed April 7, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, "Tom MacArthur," accessed January 28, 2015
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  5. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "On the Issues," accessed October 6, 2014
  6. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Huffington Post, "GOP House Candidate Steve Lonegan Sued By Rival For Defamation," accessed May 27, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Politicker NJ, "CD3 Update: Lonegan lashes out at MacArthur, calls him a 'monster'," accessed May 27, 2014
  9. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "List of Elected Officials in the Third Congressional District Endorsing Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
  10. Asbury Park Press, "Ocean GOP backs Tom MacArthur for 3rd Congressional seat; Lonegan nearly shut out," accessed April 7, 2014
  11. Politicker NJ, "Burlington GOP Screening Committee backs MacArthur for CD3 seat," accessed April 7, 2014
  12. Cinnaminson Patch, "Candidate Tom MacArthur Announces Supporters for Third Congressional District Election," accessed April 15, 2014
  13. On Politics, "N.J. Rep. Runyan taps MacArthur as GOP successor," accessed May 16, 2014
  14. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "MacArthur Wins Backing of U.S. Chamber of Commerce," accessed May 16, 2014
  15. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "Congressman Jim Saxton Endorses Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
  16. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill, Jr. Endorses Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
  17. Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, "2014 PA and NJ Contested Primary Endorsements," accessed June 2, 2014
  18. IUOE Local 825, "Local 825 Operating Engineers Back MacArthur for 3rd Congressional District Primary in June," accessed September 3, 2014
  19. Politicker NJ, "CD3 race: At Burlington County diner, LIUNA endorses MacArthur for congress," accessed September 3, 2014
  20. Burlington County Times, "MacArthur lands labor endorsement," accessed September 3, 2014
  21. Philly.com, "Democrats pull ad in N.J. congressional race," accessed September 25, 2014
  22. Roll Call, "DCCC Pulls Ad in New Jersey Race," accessed September 25, 2014
  23. Politicker NJ, "CD3: MacArthur rejoices with news that DCCC to pull 'Fire' ad," accessed September 25, 2014
  24. YouTube, "Liberal MacArthur," accessed April 15, 2014
  25. YouTube, "Shameful," accessed April 15, 2014
  26. YouTube, "Wildfire," accessed May 23, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur Summary Reports," accessed April 16, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur April Quarterly," accessed April 16, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur Pre-Primary," accessed November 4, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur July Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur Pre-General," accessed November 4, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Runyan
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey, District 3
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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